If you are experiencing a sudden loss of income or any other obstacles during this difficult time, you may find a resource listed below. This information should be current at the time of publishing. However, please make sure to call ahead before traveling anywhere.
This is a small sampling of the many non-profits serving the Houston community. For a comprehensive listing of services specific to your situation and location. You can call the United Way Helpline at 211.
For tips on keeping your family healthy during this pandemic, you can find more information below:
Below is a list of services by type, please click on the menu to jump or you may scroll through the entire list.
- Multiple Services and Referrals
- Rent or Utility Assistance
- School Meals and Food Distribution
- Houston Food Bank Pantries
- Coronavirus Testing
- Medical Assistance
- Mental Health Support
- Employment Resources
- Educational Resources and Fun Activities
United Way runs a 211 Helpline that you can call at 211 or access online at https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/211. They can guide you to resources specific to your neighborhood and situation.
The Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries
Make sure to check that you are within the ministry’s service area, typically it is based on zip code. The assistance ministries provide support in a variety of areas. Please check the website for more information.
- Northwest Assistance Ministry
- Memorial Assistance Ministry
- West Houston Assistance Ministry
- Cypress Assistance Ministry
- North Channel Assistance Ministry
- Braes Interfaith Ministry
Pearland Neighborhood Center
Serving the greater Pearland Community with utility assistance, rent assistance, food & baby pantry, bread pantry and more.
Comcast Free Internet
Comcast is offering free internet to families who qualify.
Baker Ripley Central
Utility Assistance Hotline 713-590-2327 (4450 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011)
Must call to make an appointment. Assists with utility bills only.
Utility Assistance Requirements:
- Resident of Harris County
- Must meet the US Department of Health and Human Services Income Guidelines
- Proof of identity – Current/Valid Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID, US Passport, US Military ID or US
- Permanent Resident Card
- Provide proof of income for the last 30 days for all household members eighteen (18) years of age and older such as employer gross wages, Social Security, Unemployment, Food Stamp Award Letter, Retirement, VA Disability, etc.
- Provide a current Electric Bill – Reliant customers must provide their meter number
- Provide a current Gas Bill (If applicable)
- Electric and/or Gas Disconnection Notices (If applicable)
Salvation Army of Greater Houston
713-752-0677 (1500, Austin Street, Houston, Texas 77002) Rent, utilities, food and clothing assistance. Call in advance to insure funds are available.
You must live within the Harris County Appraisal District and be able to demonstrate loss of income, ability to maintain home after assistance, and financial need. Please bring the following documents to the appointment:
- Late notice, eviction notice or court eviction documents
- Lease (all pages include addendums)
- Bring two forms of ID
- Documentation of unexpected loss of income
City of Houston W.A.T.E.R. Fund
713-371-1400 (water bills only)
Gulf Coast Community Services
713-393-4700 (9320 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054)
Rent or Electric Assistance Requirements:
- Must complete and submit an online or paper application
You will be contacted for an appointment after application is submitted and reviewed.
- During the appointment each neighbor is expected to complete a Service Agreement with a GCCS professional order to receive a rental or utility assistance. Service Agreements consist of participation in at least one ongoing class (ABE/GED, Nutrition, ESL, SSL, Business Applications, Money Management, etc.) during a two-month period.
- You must have an eviction or disconnect notice from landlord or electricity provider.
You must be a resident of Harris County.
- You must meet Federal Income Guidelines for poverty in accordance with number living in household.
My Brother’s Keeper
281-498-9933 (12621 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77099. Provides partial financial assistance for rent and/or utilities
Rent and Utility Assistance:
Individuals or families assistance is provided for a documented crisis, primarily for rent and utilities. Clients that are seeking employment may sign up to use our computer room for internet access. Also, they are given information on any jobs that they may have information on at the time of their visit.
Food Distribution Sites – Fort Bend and Houston
Note: children do not have to be enrolled in districts to pick up food.
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The City of Houston is operating a curbside meal program at 47 community centers around the city Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Free meals, including a lunch and a snack, are available for youth ages 1 to 18. Only children who come to the site for pickup can receive the meal. Parents are not allowed to take food for a child that is not present at the time of pickup.
Additionally, families can visit HoustonFoodBank.org to see the 250 open partner sites that are located across greater Houston.
Fort Bend ISD
Starting Monday, March 16, Fort Bend ISD will be offering Grab and Go meals at no cost to anyone 18 and under and to students with disabilities without regards to age, at 11 campuses from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m daily, Monday through Friday.
List of campuses:
- Travis High School (11111 Harlem Rd, Richmond, TX 77406)
- Hodges Bend Middle School (16510 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77083)
- Kempner High School (14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498)
- Sartartia Middle School (8125 Homeward Way, Sugar Land, TX 77479)
- First Colony Middle School (3225 Austin Pkwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479)
- Dulles High School (550 Dulles Ave, Sugar Land, TX 77478)
- Missouri City Middle School (202 Martin Ln, Missouri City, TX 77489)
- Elkins High School (7007 Knights Ct, Missouri City, TX 77459)
- Ridge Point High School (500 Waters Lake Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459)
- McAuliffe Middle School (16650 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77053)
- Hightower High School (3333 Hurricane Ln, Missouri City, TX 77459)
Lamar Consolidated ISD
Families will be able to pick up lunch and breakfast in a mobile walk up or drive-thru meal service for children 18 and under.
Starting Monday, March 16, 2020 only lunch meal service will be available from 11 am – 11:45 am.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, breakfast will be served from 8 am – 8:30am and lunch will be served from 11 am – 11:45 am.
Breakfast and lunch will be served each day beginning March 17 on Monday -Friday until services are no longer needed. No meals will be served on weekends.
Meals will be distributed at the following school sites:
• Lamar Consolidated High School: 4606 Mustang Avenue, Rosenberg, TX 77471
• Terry High School: 5500 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471
• Foster High School: 4400 FM 723, Richmond, TX 77406
• George Ranch High School: 8181 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
• Beasley Elementary: 7511 Avenue J, Beasley, TX 77417
These meals will be available for free for anyone 18 and under regardless of what school they attend. Children must be present for meals to be provided.
Through the Child Nutrition Department, the district is offering curbside meals to all their students 18 and under. Your child must be present to receive meals.
Monday (3 days of meals) and Thursday (2 days of meals)
- Breakfast: 8:15 – 9:00
- Lunch: 10:30 – 12:30
- Dinner: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Stafford Elementary School, 1250 Constitution Avenue – car rider line
Houston Food Bank Serves the Greater Houston region through pantry locations.
Find a location near you: https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/covid19/
The City of Houston continues to provide free testing to anyone, regardless of symptoms, at our drive-thru testing sites. Call 832-383-4229 for access code and directions to the nearest site. These sites, located at Butler and Delmar Stadiums, are open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.
Additionally, the City of Houston, Harris County, the State of Texas, and others have implemented pop up drive-thru as well as walk-up sites throughout the city. These locations change weekly, but can be found on the Houston Emergency COVID-19 website.
Testing is limited to specific populations, do not drive to a testing center without calling beforehand. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms and wish to get tested call Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing.
CHRISTUS St Mary’s Clinic
2120 S. Wayside Drive (near I45)
Houston, Texas 77023
Sareen Harris Health Medical Clinic
8888 West Bellfort Avenue
Houston, TX 77031
Legacy Community Health Care (Multiple Locations)
Behavioral Health: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
San Jose Clinic
2615 Fannin Street
Medical Department: (713) 462-0535
Dental Department: (713) 228-5716
Anxious about coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
Support for victims and survivors of domestic violence
You may be eligible for unemployment if you have lost your job or had a reduction in working hours.
You can start the process at the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, masks and food will be provided to thousands of elementary students (K-5) and their families, free of charge. In order to accommodate the growing number of students who need assistance, this year’s event will take place August 7-8 at NRG Park, Yellow Lot. Find information on registering students or volunteering for the event here.
Houston Public Library announced more neighborhood libraries will participate in the popular “HPL TO GO” services.
HPL TO GO is a contactless curbside service offering pickup of materials at 16 locations!
To utilize the service, customers can schedule their pickup time and preferred location.
Customers can place their materials on hold at www.houstonlibrary.org or by calling 832-393-1313.
Prodigy Math Games
|Online Classes & Virtual LearningWebsite: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Contains many links to free educational resources being offered as a result of school closures.
History for Kids